Published October 26, 2017
The sun rises behind a wooden banner at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion Sept. 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Battalion Soldiers participated in a military and local mass casualty exercise involving a boating accident deep within the Eglin range. The Soldiers acted as first responders to triage the victims, coordinate to receive help and get the wounded to local emergency technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Auxiliary Field Six is the site of Camp James E. Rudder and the home of the Army's 6th Ranger Training Battalion. The 6th RTB conducts the final phase of the U.S. Army Ranger Course. The entire course is 61 days in length and is divided into three phases. Each phase is conducted at different geographical and environmental locations.
Its mission at Eglin is to expose Ranger students to a fast-paced, 18 day field training exercise. Leadership skills are taxed when conducting small unit operations in a simulated combat environment by the daily challenges students encounter including severe weather, swampy terrain, periods of hunger, mental and physical fatigue, as well as emotional stress.
Included in the field training exercise are airborne and helicopter assaults, small boat operations, river crossings and swamp crossings.
Camp James E. Rudder is one of the oldest subinstallations on Eglin (since 1951) with operating and quality of life facilities to provide family housing units, a community center, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a chapel, a reptile facility, a billeting complex, an ammunition storage area, a troop dining facility, a troop medical clinic, civil engineering shop transportation sub-motor pool, a boathouse, a repelling tower and an airborne staging area plus an air strip capable of accommodating C-130 and C-17 aircraft.
The 6th Ranger Training Battalion's parent organization is the Ranger Training Brigade located at Fort Benning, Georgia.